Bible: Luke 18:1-14

Prayer and the Parable of the Persistent Widow

18:1 Then 1  Jesus 2  told them a parable to show them they should always 3  pray and not lose heart. 4  18:2 He said, 5 In a certain city 6  there was a judge 7  who neither feared God nor respected people. 8  18:3 There was also a widow 9  in that city 10  who kept coming 11  to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 18:4 For 12  a while he refused, but later on 13  he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor have regard for people, 14  18:5 yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will give her justice, or in the end she will wear me out 15  by her unending pleas.’ 16  18:6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says! 17  18:7 Won’t 18  God give justice to his chosen ones, who cry out 19  to him day and night? 20  Will he delay 21  long to help them? 18:8 I tell you, he will give them justice speedily. 22  Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith 23  on earth?

The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector

18:9 Jesus 24  also told this parable to some who were confident that they were righteous and looked down 25  on everyone else. 18:10 Two men went up 26  to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee 27  and the other a tax collector. 28  18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: 29  ‘God, I thank 30  you that I am not like other people: 31  extortionists, 32  unrighteous people, 33  adulterers – or even like this tax collector. 34  18:12 I fast twice 35  a week; I give a tenth 36  of everything I get.’ 18:13 The tax collector, however, stood 37  far off and would not even look up 38  to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, be merciful 39  to me, sinner that I am!’ 40  18:14 I tell you that this man went down to his home justified 41  rather than the Pharisee. 42  For everyone who exalts 43  himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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